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    Money crisis in Crimea: how sanctions against Russia have made cash king
    Apr07

    Money crisis in Crimea: how sanctions against Russia have made cash king

    International credit cards have pulled out and Russian banks don’t dare move in, meaning banknotes and a new system called Pro-100 are the only ways to payCrimea’s residents have only two options when they want to buy something nowadays: cash or Pro-100.Visa, MasterCard and all other recognised international payment systems stopped...

    Poroshenko endorses referendum on federalisation of Ukraine
    Apr06

    Poroshenko endorses referendum on federalisation of Ukraine

    President concedes that ballot may be necessary for constitutional reform although he remains opposed to the conceptPresident Petro Poroshenko has endorsed a referendum on the federalisation of Ukraine, jumpstarting the reforms foreseen by the peace plan to end the conflict with Russia-backed rebels in the country’s east.“I’m ready to...

    Failed EU policy turns Greece to Russia | Letters
    Apr05

    Failed EU policy turns Greece to Russia | Letters

    Natalie Nougayrède criticises Greek premier Alexis Tsipras for his approach to Russia on account of Moscow’s undemocratic and domineering domestic and foreign policies (Opinion, 3 April). She condemns Vladimir Putin for his actions towards Ukraine, yet she overlooks the fact that the European leadership, with Germany at the front, has...

    Ukrainian soldiers killed in separatists attacks on anniversary of east uprising
    Apr05

    Ukrainian soldiers killed in separatists attacks on anniversary of east uprising

    Four die when shell fired by rebels hits vehicle in government-held town and two others killed by landmine east of Mariupol, putting strain on ceasefireAt least six Ukrainian service personnel have been killed in separatist attacks in Ukraine’s eastern regions on the first anniversary of uprising against Kiev’s pro-western rulers. On...

    The 20 photographs of the week
    Apr04

    The 20 photographs of the week

    The attack on the university in Kenya, the aftermath of the Germanwings plane crash, Holy Week processions, the election in Nigeria – the best photography in news, culture and sport from around the world this week … …read more Source: The...

    Can Ukraine save itself from Vladimir Putin and the oligarchs? | Timothy Garton Ash
    Apr03

    Can Ukraine save itself from Vladimir Putin and the oligarchs? | Timothy Garton Ash

    In Kiev, I see signs of a nation being forged in bitter conflict. But it’ll require a heroic effort to succeed‘Welcome to the nation state of Ukraine,” says Mustapha Dzhemilev, a diminutive, soft-spoken 71-year-old leader of the Crimean Tatars, gentle on the outside, hard as steel within. He was deported from Crimea on Stalin’s orders...

    Europe must not treat Ukraine like another Greece | George Soros
    Apr03

    Europe must not treat Ukraine like another Greece | George Soros

    An EU divided between Russian and US influence, abandoning its values and its political force in the world: this will be the inevitable result if its current Ukraine policy prevailsThe European Union stands at a crossroads. The shape it takes five years from now will be decided in the coming 35 months. Year after year, the EU has successfully...

    Hillary Clinton’s proven foreign-policy track record could be her undoing
    Apr02

    Hillary Clinton’s proven foreign-policy track record could be her undoing

    Despite outweighing potential presidential rivals on foreign policy, the former secretary of state may be impacted by the unpopularity of President Obama’s world view that makes her rhetoric on the subject a tricky needle to threadThe final days before Hillary Clinton’s expected campaign for president have been marked by a bright...

    From Britain to Beijing: how governments manipulate the internet
    Apr02

    From Britain to Beijing: how governments manipulate the internet

    The Kremlin’s ‘cyber army’ is gaining increasing notoriety, but similar tactics are used to influence opinion around the worldMoscow has been accused of financing an “army of trolls” to post pro-Russian opinions across the internet, The Kremlin, however, is not the only government intent on using the web to promote a particular point...

    Salutin’ Putin: our lives inside a Russian troll house
    Apr02

    Salutin’ Putin: our lives inside a Russian troll house

    Former workers tell how hundreds of bloggers are paid to flood forums and social networks at home and abroad with anti-western and pro-Kremlin commentsJust after 9pm each day, a long line of workers files out of 55 Savushkina Street, a modern four-storey office complex with a small sign outside that reads “Business centre”. Having spent 12 hours...

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